Reading, Reflection & Prayer: Sat, 01 July – Philippians 1-2 ~ Living for Jesus

Reading, Reflection & Prayer

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening(Northumbria Community)

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.

Reading: Philippians 1-2 (NLT) – click here

Reflection & Prayer

Thanksgiving and Prayer

Phi 1:6 – I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

Gracious God: Thank you for calling me and claiming me as your own, even before I was born. You have been shaping my character for your good purpose my whole life.

Don’t stop now, Lord. Continue your work in me that I may grow in my understanding of your perspective on the world around me and overflow with your love for all that you have made.

Living for Jesus

Phi 1:20b-22 – I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better.

Sovereign God: My life is in your hands; you number every one of my days. Help me to make the most of the time you have given me; may Jesus increase his presence and power in me, and may I decrease in my need for self-determination and control. Show me how to make myself more available to love and serve you.

Living as Citizens of Heaven

Phi 1:27 –  Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ.

Lord Jesus: You have made me a citizen of heaven through your life, death, and resurrection; this world is not my true home, I am simply a pilgrim on my way to heaven.

The truth is, however, I have often felt more comfortable living here as a citizen of this dysfunctional world that I know, than I have living as a citizen of heaven by faith. Please forgive me – for settling for so much less than you promise.

Help me to live with the end in mind – living the Good News of your coming kingdom, fighting the good fight of faith, losing my temporary life in this world that I might gain eternal life in the world to come.

Having the Attitude of Christ

Phi 2:3-5 – Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

Lord Jesus Christ:

This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. Be in the heart of each to whom I speak; in the mouth of each who speaks unto me. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. (Morning Prayer)

Shining Brightly for Christ

Phi 2:12c-13 –  Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

Gracious God: Give me the desire and power to –

  • Do everything without complaining and arguing
  • Live a clean, innocent life as your child
  • Shine like a bright light in a world full of crooked and perverse people
  • Persevere to the end by holding firmly to the word of life
  • Share in the joy of pouring out my life as a sacrificial offering to you

All of the above is impossible for me to do on my own; only with your help can I begin to become the person you intended me to be when you made me and claimed me as your own. So fill me again with your Holy Spirit – now, today – that I may honor you in all I do and say. Through my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

“Living for Jesus” – Cedar College of Education Choir at KwaSizabantu Mission in South Africa


Blessing – (Northumbrian Community)

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

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